Rescuers Drop Tons of Food for Starving Australian Animals

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2020

This comes as the country has been ravaged by major bushfires.

The New South Wales (NSW) government has deployed helicopters the past week to drop more than two tonnes of carrots and sweet potatoes at different sites where Brush-tailed Rock- wallabies, a marsupial native to southeastern Australia, lives, Efe news reported on Monday.

An initial A$50 million has been pledged by the Australian Government for a wildlife recovery fund, aimed at helping animal populations devastated by the fires.

Experts have predicted that more than one billion animals will have been killed already by the fires, which are still blazing in parts of the country.

This handout photo taken on January 10, 2020 and released by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services shows NSW National Parks and Wildlife services dropping carrots and sweet potato over the bushfire affected areas along the South Coast for wallabies.

Recovery initiatives to conserve animals in wildfire-hit locations are underway throughout Australia, consisting of on the biodiverse Kangaroo Island off the South Australian shore, where 10s of countless koalas have actually been eliminated and also numerous various other special varieties have actually been drastically affected.

Authorities dropped over 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and carrots in 1 week. Droughts and warmer weather only make more intense fires and longer fire seasons - changes that are already happening, he said.

Meanwhile, at least 25 people have been killed and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by wildfires in Australia that have scorched an area of approximately 48,500 square kilometres. The plan is created to help maintain the animal colonies and allow them to recover.

With the fire season expected to rage for the next few months, Australians are doubtful that wildlife will fully recover. The wallabies usually survive the fire itself, but then remain stranded with limited natural food while the fire removes the vegetation around their rocky habitat. "It's a monstrous event in terms of geography and the number of individual animals affected", University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman told NPR last week.

"At this stage, we expect to continue providing supplementary food to rock-wallaby populations until sufficient natural food resources and water become available again in the landscape, during post-fire recovery".

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has acknowledged that climate change has had an influence on the fires and has defended his government's climate record.

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